Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Hip Hip Hooray! LOOP salutes 52

To the men, women, boys and girls who make stellar contributions to Barbados' development - known and unsung.

In 2018, sons and daughters of this soil have witnessed many firsts - First female Prime Minister Mia Mottley; Rihanna launched Savage x Fenty lingerie adding to her musical accolades and booming Fenty Beauty makeup success; first female Director of Public Prosecutors Donna Babb-Agard; first female Deputy Parliamentary Clerk and Reverend Joseph Atherley told a bold and historic move making the decision to be Leader of the Opposition after the first-ever 30-0 win in a Barbados elections.

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With all of these momentous achievements and events in mind, Loop today salutes 52 Barbadians who have contributed to the country's brand Barbados, growth and development in some way over the years.

1. Eddy Abed - Business

2. Gabriel Abed - Cryptocurrency and FinTech

3. Patrick Husbands - Sports: Horseracing

4. Jalon Samuel - Sports: Horseracing

5. Mahalia Cummins - Music (Thank you for your contribution to the We Barbados jingle)


6. John Roett - Philanthropy and Music 

7. Lord High Admiral Vernon Watson - Culture: Landship

8. Dr. Marcia Burrowes - Cultural Studies and Development, Theatre Arts (Thank you Nooksina)

9. Wayne 'Poonka' Willock - Culture (Thank you Tuk Band), Small Business Development

10. Anderson 'Mr. Blood' Armstrong - Cultural Development (Thank you for your dedication to young artistes)

11. Toni Thorne - Entrepreneurship and Business (Toni Thorne Show, Sweetheart Sandals)

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12. Kimberley Angoy - Entrepreneurship and Business (Suga Apple Swim)

13. Jaye Applewaite - Entrepreneurship and Business (Thank you for taking a leap of faith away from Engineering)

14. Gabrielle Gay - Education, Philanthropy (Gabrielle Gay Award for Excellence in Reading and Literacy) 

15. Corey Lane - Youth Development, Male mentorship, Humanitarianism (Nature Fun Ranch)

16. Ronelle King - Activism (Life in Leggings, Queen’s Young Leaders Award)

17. Deandra Dottin - Sports: Cricket

18. Blondelle Mullin - Health and Medicine: Nursing

19. Dr. Chaynie Williams - Emergency Medicine 

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20. Ricky 'Lil Rick' Reid - Music and Culture (Thank you Chihuahua Business man, aka Board Face Hypa Dwag)

21. Edwin 'The General' Yearwood - Music and Culture (Singing Happy Birthday to my land #DonigDisAgain)

22. Alison Hinds - Music, Culture, Film (Thank you from Ragamuffin days)

23. Rupert 'Rupee' Clarke - Music (Loooooooka people!)

24. Marlon Legall – Musician (Director of the Marlon Legall Voice Project, recipient of Prime Minister’s Award scholarship)

25. Dr. Anthony 'Mighty Gabby' Carter – Musician, Cultural Ambassador 

26. Rommell Hall – Filmmaker, Producer and Director of the Documentary ‘Hall’ 

27. Adrian Green – Writer, spoken word artiste, NIFCA Gold awardee

28. Peter Coppin - Music Producer 

29. Pauline Bellamy - Fashion and Design

30. Andrew 'Pilly' Pilgrim QC - Law, Theatre Arts, Film, Activism (Whaaaaapax!)

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31. Lila Strickland - Law Enforcement (First female to be appointed Assistant Commissioner of Police)

32. Christine Stanford - Law Enforcement, Regional Development and Protection (First female to be appointed Deputy Commandant, Regional Police Training Centre)

33. Leah Martindale - Sports: Swimming 

34. Sir Garfield 'Garry' Sobers - National Hero, Sports: Cricket 

35. Inspector David Codrington - Law Enforcement and Music (Royal Barbados Police Force Band: 44 consecutive years on Independence parades)

36. Brian Talma - Sports: Windsurfing 

37. Kevin Denny - Sports: Chess (He is an International Master)

38. Gillian Martindale - Sports: Football (FIFA and CONCACAF accredited Coach)

39. Keith "Grell" Griffith - Sports: Football (Former Barbados National player, former professional international footballer, Coach, Technical Director)

40. Darian King - Sports: Tennis (Advanced to the First Round of the US Open. Has wins at two ATP Masters 1000 events and made the 2016 Olympics)

41. Obadele Thompson - Sports: Track & Field (Bronze medal in 100m at the 2000 Sydney Olympics)

42. Chelsea Tuach - Sports: Surfing (First ever elite-level surfer out of Barbados) 

43. Kemar Saffrey – Social activist, Director of Barbados Vagrants Homeless Society  

44. Dr. Stefan Walcott – Musician, Director of the 1688 Collective  

45. Shakirah Bourne – Author and Filmmaker, Writer and Producer of the award-winning ‘Caribbean Dream’

46. Akela Jones - Sports: Trac & Field (Competed in the 2016 Rio Olympic heptathlon and high jump.)

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47. Trinity Clarke - Music (Recently completed a US Gospel tour performing in Maryland, NJ, NY, Boston, Atlanta)

48. Paul Frank - Public Transportation (A role model operator driving public service vehicles since the 70s almost incident and ticket-free; B41)

49. David Comissiong – Attorney, Pan-Africanist 

50. Sir Hilary Beckles – Historian, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus  

51. Jennifer Sealy - Culture and Education (Dancin' Africa is a household name)

52. Gregory “Lalu” Goodridge - Sports: Football (Barbados first homegrown professional; played top-flight football in England.)

Hip Hip Hip Hip Hip Hip Hip Hoooooooray! Happy 52nd  Birthday Barbados.


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